[Fedora-packaging] file-not-utf8 complaints

Patrice Dumas pertusus at free.fr
Sun Jun 1 08:00:29 UTC 2008

On Sat, May 31, 2008 at 04:09:25PM -0700, Toshio Kuratomi wrote:
> However, the flipside of this is if a program has an xml config file  
> that the user is expected to edit manually in a text editor and the  
> program will adapt to multiple encodings (for instance, by using libxml2  
> to parse the file[1]_) having it exist in utf-8 is much better than  
> having it exist in SOME_EXOTIC_ENCODING.  In this case it's the program  

I disagree. It is not an obvious choice and should be left to the
maintainer. It depends on the user target of the software, for instance.

> not upstream agrees.  In the case of documentation that does specify the  
> encoding I lean towards converting [2]_.  In the case of a file that is  
> used by a program we should definitely have a conversation with upstream  
> about it, although we could convert locally with upstream's blessing  
> (ie: Upstream says: "I'm going to continue writing my xml config file in  
> latin-1.  If you want to convert them to utf-8 for your users that's  
> fine -- I'm going to continue to use a library for xml parsing that  
> understands encodings.")

Once again, better leave it to the maintainer. This doesn't prevent from
issuing recommendations, though.


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